Called Staff

Rev. Carl R. Wenck

Rev. Carl R. Wenck

Senior Pastor

Pastor Wenck was born in San Pedro, California. He is the third oldest of six children. Pastor Wenck’s father served in the U.S. Army for 27 years so he has lived in many places throughout the United States as well as in Germany and Japan. He attended five elementary schools, two junior high schools, and three high schools. Pastor Wenck received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, earning a Master’s of Divinity in May of 1981. He was ordained June 28, 1981.

It was while living in Fort Wayne, Indiana that he met his wife Gwen. She is originally from Iowa. They were married in 1979 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert, Ohio. They have two grown daughters. Megan is married to Laramie Navrath. Jana is married to John Greer and they have five children.

The congregations Pastor Wenck has served include:

  • Our Savior Lutheran Church in Great Bend, Kansas
  • Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River, Nebraska
  • Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Pastor Wenck was installed as Senior Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church on September 3, 2000.

Rev. Alan M. Thoe

Rev. Alan M. Thoe

Assistant Pastor

In The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, a Vicar is one who is getting work experience in learning to be a Pastor. Alan Thoe is participating in the Specific Ministry Pastor program, or simply called SMP. This four year program is designed to train future Pastors within a congregation. In September, 2010 he began taking courses via the internet through Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the first two years of the program he was called Vicar. During the third year the SMP Vicar is ordained. He was ordained and installed as our Assistant Pastor SMP on June 2, 2013. Pastor Al will finish his final year of study in the summer of 2014.  He is currently at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN as part of the Alternate Route program. He will complete his studies in May, 2017 with a general ministries degree.